Nicaragua Purses

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Hand Made Nicaraguan Purses

I met Karla and the Perez family on first trip to Nicaragua. I saw them and many other street vendors selling their hand made items to locals and tourists alike. Karla spends a day or two each week sewing the purses and then she and the rest of the family make daily trips between Managua and Granada selling their items. On an average day they might make $3, sometimes more and sometimes less.

I was invited to stay at their home for a few days and got a good insight into how they made it day to day. If you watched the first video, they are the family in video. Their home was a 10x10 plastic shack. They now have a slightly larger metal shack and a new outhouse. With a a dirt floor it's pretty rustic by any stretch of the imagination, but it's home and they are very happy to have it.

Somewhere along the line I realized that gifting things to the family was not sustainable and really not doing anyone any favors. That's when I started to dream of helping them sell their purses in the US or elsewhere. Of course I had no idea how to get started, I didn't even know if I could ship them out of the country or how to do it. That's where a young man by the name of Fabricio came in. Fabricio is my go to guy in Nicaragua. He knows the families and also is the one they come to if they need anything or have questions. Fortunately his mother Fabiola is an incredible seamstress. Fabiola helped re-design the purses and take the quality up ten fold. They were nice before, now they are beautiful and very well crafted. Thank you Fabiola!!

When you buy a purse it may be one made by Karla or Fabiola, but it will be something you of your friends can treasure for years. Plus you will know you are helping someone directly. We are talking about food, clothing, housing, outhouses, etc.


Phone and ID Purse - $13 Ea.

These purses are a great size to hold your phone, ID, and some money.

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Single Pocket Purse - $15 Ea.

The single pocket purses have one large top zipper. They are larger than the Phone and ID purse. Very simple and elegant.

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Double Pocket Travel Purse - $18 Ea.

The double pocket travel purse is great for traveling. It has a stronger strap for security and two pockets to hold your money, phone, and most other items you will need.

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Large Double Pocket Purse - $20 Ea.

The large double pocket purse is a larger version of the travel purse. The seams are solid and can take the weight of heavier items like books etc.

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Top Flap Travel Purse - $15 Ea.

The top flap purse is similar to the single zipper top purse, but has a Velcro flap top. It’s a medium size purse.

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Coin Purse - $4 Ea.

The coin purse is extremely useful. You can use it for coins, credit cards, paper money and more.

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